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Police warn against second #EndSARS protest in Calabar

Following the wanton destruction that occurred on October 23 and 24 in 2020 that wrecked Calabar, Cross River State Capital, the State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has warned those trying to incite young people on a second wave of the #EndSARS protest to be ready to face the full weight of the law.

This was disclosed by SP Irene Ugbo, Police Public Relations Officer in the State on Friday, March 11, 2022. She added that they have received several reports tilting towards inciting young people in the state to carry out a second protest against the Police.

Ugbo, however, warned that the Command will not fold its arm and watch hoodlums take a second advantage of the people, as anyone caught will be made to face the full weight of the law.

She said there was a distress call from MCC Junction, Calabar a few days ago and a tactical unit responded immediately, in the process, some young men were questioned and the matter was resolved amicably after questioning.

“We received a distress call about an ongoing robbery in a particular location along MCC Road, Highway and Ikot Ansa, our tactical unit responded immediately. In the same vein, some young men numbering about five were seen in a vehicle, they claimed their car was bad and could not start, our men decided to take them in because they discovered nothing was actually wrong with their vehicle.

“Perhaps, it was an electrical fault, because the said vehicle was driven and not towed to the Command office of the tactical unit – and as intelligent officers, they decided to delay them in a bid to allow other units on patrol comb the areas where the incident was reported

“Also the said location has a lot of banks, we are on red alert following incidents of bullion van, bank robbery that has become incessant in some parts of the country. So, any suspicious move must be checked, apart from that, there was a distress call from the exact location they were picked up from.

“We want to use this medium to warn those who want to use this avenue as an opportunity to carry out a second #EndSARS protest to beware that we are at alert and anyone caught will face the full weight of the law. We are also mindful that law-abiding citizens have rights and they must be protected, we, therefore, implore anyone who feels his rights were violated to approach my office accordingly.

“We will not allow a second #EndSARS protest in Calabar or any part of the state, never again. We also want to assure the public that our offices and officers will always conduct themselves in the utmost professional manner. No officer would be allowed to molest, harass or brutalise anyone on CP Aminu Alhassan’s watch”, Ugbo said.

Recall that in October 2020, there was a protest calling for the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS – a protest which spawned across the nation leading to the death of many, including security officers, destruction of both public and private properties. The SARS was disbanded by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration under the watch of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu.